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Kongelige Bibliotek – Den Sorte Diamant

Kongelige Bibliotek – Den Sorte Diamant

Kongelige Bibliotek – Den Sorte Diamant

Kongelige Bibliotek – Den Sorte Diamant

Kongelige Bibliotek – Den Sorte Diamant

Address Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1; 1221 Copenhagen K
by Christians Brygge
Neighbourhood Indre By – Slotsholmen | See on map
Metro Kongens Nytorv [M1, M2]
Telephone +45 33 47 47 47
Website http://www.kb.dk/en/
http://www.soerenk.dk/
Price Free. Guided visits and entry to Museum of Photography DKK 40.
Hours Mon-Sat 10-19 (restaurant Søren K open 12-24).
Guided tours Sat 15:00 (in Danish) or on request

Though you might need more than the aid of your reading glasses to decipher Scandinavia’s largest collection of books and manuscripts (including everything that has ever been published in the country since the 17th century), the Royal Danish Library is worth a visit for the staggering architecture of ‘The Black Diamond’ (Den Sorte Diamant in Danish) alone.

The modern extension, built in 1999 and made from black marble and glass, has amazing views over the sea and nearby Christianshavn, and leaves the old librarian ‘Shhhh’ signs firmly in the dust with a concert hall, the national museum of photography, and regular talks and lectures by visiting authors such as Philip Pullman, John Irving and A.S Byatt. Gastrohounds stay put on the ground floor, where Jens Søndergaard cooks up delicacies in the critically acclaimed Søren K restaurant.